The professionalism of this Department has been recognized by the National Accreditation from the Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies (CALEA). This award is earned for demonstrating a commitment to meet or exceed an extensive set of law enforcement standards.  The University Police Department (UPD) has been accredited by CALEA since 2001 and in 2008 was also accredited by the International Association of Campus Law Enforcement Administrators (IACALEA). In 2013, UPD had successfully completed the Gold Standard Assessment Model and became the first higher education institution police department in California to achieve the CALEA Accreditation with Excellence Award. In November 2016, UPD received its sixth reaccreditation award and earned the "Meritorious Award" designation for being accredited for the last 15 years.


The Commission on Accreditation for Law Enforcement Agencies, Inc., (CALEA®) was created in 1979 as a credentialing authority through the joint efforts of law enforcement's major executive associations.

The purpose of CALEA's Accreditation Programs is to improve the delivery of public safety services, primarily by: maintaining a body of standards, developed by public safety practitioners, covering a wide range of up-to-date public safety initiatives; establishing and administering an accreditation process; and recognizing professional excellence.

To learn more about CALEA and the accreditation program, go to their website: